Vaccinations and Testing

Due to City of Philadelphia mandates, anyone who comes to the College who is not fully vaccinated will be tested before they will be permitted on campus. Masks are required. Starting Oct. 15, all faculty, staff and students must be fully vaccinated. Please see our College COVID-19 Updates for more information.

Campus COVID-19 Safety Expectations for Students

In order to minimize the risks associated with the novel coronavirus infection, COVID-19, Community College of Philadelphia (“CCP”) is maintaining the following safety expectations for all students who come to the Main Campus and/or Regional Centers (“Campus”). Student adherence to these expectations is required to keep the CCP Campus a safe place to learn and work. Students who do not comply may be subject to discipline or sanctions under the Student Code of Conduct. We are all in this together. In order to help make our “new normal” as seamless as possible we all have to do our part.  

Students must  refrain from coming to Campus if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 including but not limited to: 

One or more of these symptoms: Two or more of these symptoms:

new or persistent cough

shortness of breath

new loss of sense of smell

new loss of sense of taste



muscle pain


sore throat




congestion/runny nose

In order to maintain a safe Campus, we also encourage students with other infectious illnesses (e.g., cold, flu, etc.) to stay home, and communicate with their instructor if they are feeling ill. 

While on Campus, students must do their part to keep our community safe by following the important COVID-19 health and safety guidelines which CCP has implemented, including: 

  • Students in health care programs or athletics are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of the Fall 2021 semester or their return to campus, whichever is earlier.  Effective October 15, 2021, all students coming on campus regardless of program or activity will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Effective September 1, 2021, unvaccinated students will be required to undergo regular COVID testing. Students are expected to abide by all testing and vaccination requirements in accordance with the timelines applicable to them.

  • Practice social distancing by ensuring a 6-foot distance between people at all times, which includes following all directional signs and leaving all chairs and furniture in place to abide with physical distancing and abiding by occupancy limitations of rooms on Campus.

    • PLEASE NOTE: Some face-to-face courses may require closer distances than 6 feet, and under these circumstances separate safety protocols must be followed, such as additional personal protective equipment.
    • Wear a cloth face covering or mask at all times while on Campus, unless you are alone outside or alone in an enclosed space.  
      • PLEASE NOTE: Some face-to-face courses will require additional protective equipment, which will be provided for you
      • Face shields are not substitutes for masks
      • N-95 masks can be worn instead of a cloth or disposable mask
      • Frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer  
      • Do not touch your eyes or nose without washing your hands or use of hand sanitizer
      • Cover all coughs or sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of the elbow 
      • Use the sanitizing wipes available around Campus to disinfect any work areas before and after use
      • Avoid sharing equipment or supplies with others whenever possible
      • Please do not congregate outside of class or participate in unauthorized social gatherings on Campus. Whenever possible, leave Campus once your classes end
        • If you need a place to wait in between classes, the College encourages you to use the outdoor seating or use the facilities available in the Library Learning Commons.  There will also be seating available in the Pavilion building outside of Roary’s Café and in the Winnet Lobby. Please follow all social distancing guidelines in effect for those areas.
      • Whenever possible, please leave Campus after your class ends
      • Follow all safety protocols for face-to-face classes
      • If you become sick while on Campus, please go home as soon as possible and notify your instructor or the Dean of Students Office at
      • Follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 safety protocols which are available on CCP’s Coronavirus webpage

Abide by CCP’s COVID Exposure Incident Response Plan.

  • If you contract COVID-19, have close contact with a person with COVID-19, or otherwise need to quarantine/isolate as a result of these expectations, report your illness or exposure to the COVID-19 Hotline at 215-751-8035 (press “Option 1” for COVID inquiries, and then “Option 2” for students), and also notify your instructor. You may be directed to isolate or quarantine as follows:
    • Regardless of your vaccination status, if you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home until 10 days after your symptoms developed, and 3 days after your symptoms have resolved without any medication, including fever reducers or cough suppressants
    • Regardless of your vaccination status, if you have a positive COVID-19 test without any symptoms, stay home until 10 days after your positive test
    • If you are unvaccinated and someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, stay home as long as they are required to isolate, and for 10 days after that (Note: your quarantine period may be shortened to 7 days after the end of the household member's isolation period if you test negative for COVID-19 with 48 hours of quarantine day 7)
    • If you are unvaccinated and you have a close contact with someone outside of your household who tests positive for COVID-19, stay home for 10 days after your last contact with that person (Note: your quarantine period may be shortened to 7 days after the end of the household member's isolation period if you test negative for COVID-19 with 48 hours of quarantine day 7).
    • If you are fully vaccinated, and have close contact with someone with COVID-19, although you will not be asked to quarantine, you will be asked to get tested on day 3-5 after exposure. If you test positive or begin experiencing symptoms, you will be asked to quarantine or isolate in accordance with the above guidelines.
    • If you report symptoms or contact with someone with COVID-19, CCP may contact you to ask about your symptoms, where you have traveled on Campus, your contacts, and other information to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on Campus. Please cooperate in CCP’s contact tracing efforts and provide the requested information if you are contacted.  

Please note that it may not be possible for CCP to offer virtual options for some of the face-to-face courses that will be scheduled. If you believe that you cannot comply with the COVID-19 Safety Expectations on campus due to a disability or permanent medical condition please submit a Student COVID-19 Accommodation Request Form to the Center on Disability at before attending class to report any such medical condition and/or disability and to determine if there are appropriate reasonable accommodations. If you are seeking a medical or religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement, you may submit the Student COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Form (available on the College’s Coronavirus webpage) to As always, any student who feels ill on a given day is encouraged to stay home and should communicate with their instructor about their need to miss class.

The Importance of Complying

These COVID-19 Student Safety Expectations are mandatory requirements to keep our community safe and healthy. CCP may add to or change these Student Safety Expectations as a result of public health circumstances. Students must stay informed and follow any new expectations. Students who do not comply with these expectations may be subject to the disciplinary process or sanctions under the Student Code of Conduct. 

If a staff member or faculty member asks you to put your mask or face covering on or comply with any other COVID safety measure, please do so. Students who fail to comply with our COVID 19 Student Safety Expectations may be asked to leave, be escorted out of class and/or the Campus, and/or be sent to the Dean of Students’ office to discuss compliance and expectations regarding your participation in face-to-face, on-campus instruction or other on-Campus activities. 

If the level of disruption or noncompliance with these guidelines in or out of the classroom requires formal judicial action such as a judicial board hearing, students may be removed from the course(s) as part of a sanction, without refund, or subject to any other sanctions permitted by the Student Code of Conduct.   

We want all our students, faculty and staff to learn and work in a healthy and safe environment.  If the requirements for in-person instruction or on on-ampus activities is not for you, we will have an advisor or counselor work to find a suitable online format that can best meet your needs. Whether it’s in a hybrid format or online, we believe in the values of patience, unity and cooperation. Thank you for doing your part. In the end, all will know why we are the PRIDE of the city.